France: foreign direct investment outflow 2011-2018

Since 2014, the amount of foreign direct investment outflow in France has increased, while fluctuating in 2017, and reached more than 86 billion euros in 2018. In other words, there were over 86 billion euros invested from France in foreign countries in a direct manner, meaning that these investments are linked to an ownership or a business from France. The main countries in which French investments went were located in the European Union: about 33.4 billion euros were destined to EU-member countries, among which 22.5 billion euros to countries within the Eurozone as of 2017 (stat 468610).

Foreign direct investment inflows in France

  Regarding the inflows of foreign direct investments (FDI) from abroad, those amounted to about 31.6 billion euros in 2018, after having peaked in 2015 at more than 40 billion euros. Thus, France was investing higher amounts abroad than foreign investors did toward France. Similarly, in the case of FDI inflow in France, most of the amounts invested were from the European Union: 30.7 billion euros. 

Foreign direct investment projects in Europe

  In 2018, a vast majority of FDI projects in Europe concerned the digital sector, which accounted for more than 1,200 projects across Europe that year, and business services. Moreover, the activities most invested in through FDI were sales and marketing, as well as manufacturing.

France foreign direct investment outflow from 2011 to 2018

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Release date

June 2019



Survey time period

2011 to 2018

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